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Dec 13, 2019 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Francis Xavier Lorbecki, Jr. enlisted into the Marine Corp Reserves the day after Pearl Harbor, Dec. 8, 1941. He served in the 2nd Signal Company, 2nd Marine Division FMF during WWII in Communications. His service took him to New Zealand, the Battle of Tarawa, the Gilbert Islands, the Battle of Saipan, the Battle of Tinian Island, the Mariana Islands,...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, WWII, Marine...
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Dec 12, 2019 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Jacquelyn Marie Bertrand graduated from Rowan University and then enlisted into the Army on March 3, 1997. She completed intelligence school and worked primarily in Postal Operations and Personnel. She served for 17-1/2 years, moving between the Army, Air Force National Guard and Army National Guard. She served in Bagram, Afghanistan for 14 months...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Operation...
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Dec 12, 2019 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Edmond John Cubbage was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 20. He attended boot camp at Fort Jackson and had additional Advanced Infantry Training and Paratrooper training. He served two years, from August 7, 1965, to August 7, 1967. Mr. Cubbage shared anecdotes from his training experiences as well as memories from Vietnam. Although...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Vietnam War,...
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Dec 12, 2019 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Philip E. Volk enlisted in the Army after graduating high school. He served 7-1/2 years, from September 1989 until January 1997. His service took him to the Gulf War. Though he did not see direct combat, he saw the aftermath of many battles. As a Counterintelligence Agent, Sgt. Volk’s primary job was to keep his unit safe by talking with locals and...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Gulf War, Army,...
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Jan 22, 2019 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.  Raymond Dowdy was drafted into the Army at the age of 19. He trained for nine months in Colorado before sailing to Vietnam. He served as an Infantryman from July 1966 to July 1967. He was wounded several times but only left the field once to be treated, due to a shrapnel in his knee. He was awarded several medals including, Purple Heart, two Bronze...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Colorado,...
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Jan 18, 2019 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.  John J. Buttil enlisted as an Officer Candidate in the United States Marine Corps in August 1976 and served three years active duty. John then went into the Marine Reserves, being activated on and off through the years. The longest period he was activated was after 9/11/01, from January 2002 to November 2006. He spent twenty years as an Artillery...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Artillery...
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Jan 18, 2019 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Lt. Colonel John C. D’Auria enlisted, with his parents signed permission, into the United States Air Force upon graduating from high school at the age of 17. He served as an Aircraft Maintenance during the Vietnam Conflict in both South Dakota and Saigon, Vietnam. He was discharged after four years of service. Once in the states, John earned a...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, United States Air...
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Jan 18, 2019 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Gary Stanford enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October, 1984, after completing high school, and served until October, 1989. He became Military Police on the USS Constellation Aircraft Carrier, which was armed with nuclear warheads. He served during peace time, but alluded to classified incidents that occurred during his service. President...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, USS Constellation...
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Jan 18, 2019 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Stephen A. Oczkowski enlisted in the United States Navy and served from November 1969 until December 1973. He attended Steward School and served as a storekeeper, ordering and inventorying parts on the USS Charles S. Sperry DD697 during the Vietnam War, but did not see combat. The WWII Destroyer was used during this period to train reservists during...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Vietnam War,...
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Jun 20, 2018 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.  Walter L.  Hall enlisted into the Army Reserves and served from May 1979 to August 1981.  In August of 1981 he enlisted into the Army and served until March 1999. Mr. Hall completed 20 years of service In the Army Reserves, Army and National Guard retiring with the final rank of E5 Sergeant.  His primary positions were Telecommunications Systems...
Topics: War Stories, War Experiences, Veteran Interview, New Jersey Veterans, Gloucester County, Persian...
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Jun 15, 2018 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.  John R. Haas was drafted into the Army and served from October 1968 until October 1970.  He left the service with the rank of E-7 Sergeant First Class. He was an infantryman and fought during the Vietnam War.  His duties included point man, mine sweep, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and radio telephone operator (RTO). We was awarded many medals...
Topics: War Stories, War Experiences, Veteran Interview, New Jersey Veterans, Gloucester County, E-7,...
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Jun 14, 2018 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.  Edward Sulek was drafted into the Army and served from April 1965 until April 1967.  He served two years during the Vietnam War, primarily as a mortar man.   He fought during Operation Birmingham with the objectives to search and destroy and to open Thunder Road from Saigon to the north. He was shot during a night patrol.  The bullet hit his...
Topics: War Stories, War Experiences, Veteran Interview, New Jersey Veterans, Gloucester County, Vietnam...
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Jun 13, 2018 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.  Adam Shakespeare enlisted into the Army and served from August 2009 until January 2014. He served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom as Human Resources. He left the Army after 5 years of service with the rank of Specialist. He was awarded two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals and two Certificates of Achievement. He...
Topics: War Stories, War Experiences, Veteran Interview, New Jersey, Veterans, Gloucester County, Operation...
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Jun 14, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Anthony Candell enlisted into the Army at the age of 22.  He served from 1943 - 1945 during WWII. He was an infantryman, Private 1st Class and fought in France, the Battle of Hürtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge where he was captured by the Germans and became a Prisoner of War (POW).  As a POW Mr. Candell suffered physical abuse and...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Army, WWII, 28...
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Jun 14, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History
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Jun 13, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.  Arnold Rosen was drafted into the Army at age 19.  He served from February 1959 to February 1965.  He was an Operating Room Specialist and set up the Walson Army Hospital in Fort Dix, NJ. Most of the hospital’s patients were injured veterans from the Korean War.  The facility also treated soldiers from the Berlin Crisis and those injured during...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, February 1959 to...
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Jun 13, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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T he GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.B ernard Henderson enlisted into the Army at the age of 18 on July 28, 1965. He trained as a paratrooper within the United States and was sent to Vietnam in June 1966.  After five months in Vietnam, he was wounded by an enemy bomb and spent over a year in the hospital recovering. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for his injuries. Mr. Henderson served...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Vietnam, Vietnam...
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Jun 13, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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 T he GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.  William Walter Nickerson enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17; his mother signed for him.  He served during the Vietnam Era but did not see combat.  His service took him to Morocco, Spain, Cuba and the Mediterranean. Mr. Nickerson served 14 months on the USS Intrepid Aircraft Carrier. He served from April 1957 to February 1961 completing his...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, April 1957 to...
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Jun 13, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Charles W. Wells enlisted into the Army at the age of 19. He served as Army Security Agency / Military Police from 1965-1968 during the Vietnam War.  He returned to service in 1977 retiring in 2005 with the rank Army First Sergeant. He served during Desert Storm and was the NCOIC of Khobar Towers. He spent 17 years in Civil Affairs supporting...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, 1965-1968, Army,...
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Jun 13, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. James P. Smiarowski was drafted into the Army at age 19.  He served from 1966-1969 during the Vietnam War. He attended Officers Candidate School and signal school and was sent to Germany during the Vietnam War, training soldiers for the war. Mr. Smiarowski served in the Army three years and completed his service with the rank of First Lieutenant....
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Army, 1st...
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Jun 12, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.   Janice George signed up for the Army ROTC while in college.  She served from 1984 to 1994 and was commissioned in 1984.  She served as a reservist until being called to active duty for Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990. She worked as Military Police and then Civil Affairs as a liaison between the army and local civilians. She spent six months in...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Army, 1984 to...
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Jun 12, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.   John Stemmle r joined  the ROTC and was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force at the age of 22. He served from August 1952 to August 1957. He was a Navigator/Bombardier in the Korean War. After the war, he taught and was the Officer in Charge at the USAF Tactical Reconnaissance School. He served five years in the Air Force and completed his...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Korean War, Air...
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Jun 12, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.  Louis N. Namm was drafted into the Army and served from March 1968 until August 1969.  He was wounded by a booby trap in Hobo Woods, Vietnam, and lost both his legs. He fought in Vietnam for 2 ½-3 months and spent 8-9 months in hospitals recovering from his injuries. Mr. Namm earned two Purple Hearts. He retired in August 1969 from the Army on...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, 82nd Airborne...
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Jun 12, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.   Michael Frank Rosa enlisted in the Army National Guard after graduating from Villanova University at the age of 23. He served in the Army Reserve from March 1983 to January 1986. He ended his Army career with the rank of Specialist E-4. Mr. Rosa joined the Navy Reserve in January 1987 and worked in supply until January 1991.  He ended his Navy...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Specialist E-4...
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Jun 12, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.   P. J. (Philip) Mattson was drafted into the Army at the age of 23.  He served two years, from 1968 -1970, during the Vietnam War. He served one year in Vietnam as a Combat Engineer, driving a 5-ton dump truck hauling sand, gravel, and stone.  In the evening he worked as a bouncer in the base nightclub. Mr. Mattson completed his service with the...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Army, Vietnam...
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Jun 12, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.   Rashad Hakim Pleasant enlisted into the Air Force Reserve at the age of 21 on August 23, 2000, and is presently serving.  He works in Fuels Management and his present military rank is Master Sergeant E7.  Mr. Pleasant was deployed during the Iraq War,  Operation Enduring Freedom,  and  Operation Southern Watch.  As a reservist he has served...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Gulf War, Master...
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Jun 12, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences.   Raymond William Berger enlisted in  the Air Force after graduating high school at the age of 18.  He served from 1951 to 1971. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War in Flight Service, tracking flights, fuel levels and air traffic.  He was part of a flight recovery team.  During the Vietnam War, he served in Air Rescue recovering...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Korean War,...
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Jun 8, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Robert William Del Percio enlisted into the Army at the age of 18. He served from October, 1959 to September, 1962. His primary assignment was guard at Brandenburg Gate during the Berlin Crisis, in Berlin, West Germany. Mr. Del Percio served for 3 years and completed his service with the rank of Infantry E-4. He is a resident of Swedesboro, NJ. He was...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, 1959 - 1962,...
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Jun 8, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Robert Max joined the ROTC Air Force as a Rutgers University student. He served September 1958 ? December 1962 in Strategic Air Command (SAC) primarily stationed in France during the crisis in the Belgian Congo. The majority of his career was spent as a reservist. He served at the Pentagon from September 1975-June 1978 as an advisor to the Air Force...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veterans Oral History, Belgian Congo,...
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Jun 8, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Stephen B. Lopes was drafted into the Army at age 19. He served from June 1943 to December 1946. He served during WWII as infantry in Philippines on Solomon Islands, Leyte Island and Cebu Island. On May 7, 1945 he suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and laid in a ditch for 3 hours, before being rescued. Of the 43 months of his service, 19 months were...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Veteran, Veteran Oral History, 1943 -...
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Jun 8, 2017 Gloucester County Library System
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The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Thomas A. Gailey enlisted in the Army at the age of 21. He served from April 1952 to April 1954. He served ten months in the Korean War. Mr. Gailey repaired bombed-out communication lines and was at the front with the mortars. He served in the Army Infantry for two years and completed his service with the rank of Corporal. He is a Logan Township, NJ...
Topics: Veterans Interview Project, Veterans Oral History Project, Korean War, Army Veterans, Veteran Oral...